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2 Iowa Officers Killed by Wrong-Way Driver on I-80

March 26, 2016  | 

Two Des Moines officers were killed early Saturday morning when their vehicle was hit by a wrong-way driver on the Interstate. (Photo: KCCI screen shot)
Two Des Moines officers were killed early Saturday morning when their vehicle was hit by a wrong-way driver on the Interstate. (Photo: KCCI screen shot)

Two Des Moines Police officers were killed in the line of duty early Saturday morning while transporting a prisoner when their vehicle was struck head-on by a wrong-way driver. The prisoner and the driver of the second vehicle involved were also killed.

The crash happened on Interstate 80 near the Waukee exit at mile marker 117 around 12:40 a.m.

The crash is being investigated by the Iowa State Patrol.  

Des Moines Police say the names of those killed in this crash are being withheld pending notification of their families, KCCI TV reports.


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Sheriffs Explorer Sgt. @ 3/26/2016 12:36 PM

This is so sad. Whenever I read stuff like this I pray for the Officers involved and their families. I also think that someday that could be me. I am so sorry.

kevCopAz @ 3/26/2016 5:09 PM

A shame, out here in Az over the past few years we have had numerous "wrong way" drivers and some deaths. This may just be reported more now, but sure seems to be on the increase. Perhaps cell phones/texting (as well as DUI) are adding to this? Guessing, we need to do something about this, perhaps increase the penalty for wrong way driving on the interstate on the same leval as DUI/DWI, even if not impaired? Just thinking out loud.

Claude Fields II @ 3/26/2016 5:53 PM

I know "Bean Counters" look at the cost of PD vehicles but what about "Crash Survivability" !!
I know I'll sound "Odd" but the "Ford Crown Victoria" had a "Full Frame" !!
A Civilian Female bent on Suicide "Rammed" her Crown Vic into a Bridge Structure on IL 394 near Lansing IL at over 70 mph ,her Suicide note was found on the passenger seat .
The impact shoved the engine backwards and up into the passenger area at a 45* angle ,she naturally suffered cuts from the glass shards of the windshield ,facial injuries from the detonation of the airbag and although pinned and bleeding in the wreck she suffered no broken bones.
I met the Police Tow Driver for Lansing PD .

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